"The work that Creative Educational Systems does with the students
has proven their expertise to be exceptional. Remarkably, in just
four days, the students at New Preparatory Middle School were
taught meaningful techniques by the actors at Creative Educational
Systems to perform a phenomenal play for their peers. The artists
left a lasting impression on the lives of the students at our school.
They have given children in the school system the opportunity to have
fun learning through the arts."
-- Katiana Louissaint, Assistant Principal
--New Preparatory Middle School, Queens
CES' Touring Assembly Shows:
|ADDRESSING ALL LEARNING MODALITIES|
A total theatre experience (whether a creative dramatics activity in a
classroom or a full-scale production for the school community) provides
ample opportunities for the writer -- in preparing the script; the
mathematician -- through measurement, scale drawings and budgets; the
artist -- in both the staging of movement and the design of costumes, props
and scenery; the musician -- in developing the sound effects and music for
production; the physically oriented student-through acting, movement and
construction of production elements; the intrapersonal student -- in
and the development of believable characterizations; the interpersonal
the coordination of the myriad activities associated with putting on a
play; and the existential thinker -- who can see to it that the essential
themes of the performance are integrated into every aspect of the
The preparation and delivery of a performance can address every learning style simultaneously.
It is impossible to give a public performance completely by oneself.
addition to the inherent interaction between the presenter and the
audience, students have no option but to work and learn together in
to accomplish a common goal when creating and producing a play.
concept through scriptwriting and interpretation, to design and
to rehearsal and publicity, through performance and audience
cooperation is essential to success.
Conflict is more likely to be artistic than personal, and is more likely to be resolved by consensus in any creative endeavor.
Acknowledgment of one's achievements is one of the strongest motivators
anyone, regardless of his or her age. The presentation of a
provides instant feedback of how well a student has accomplished his
assigned tasks, both for the student himself and for his teachers and
peers. Statistical surveys strongly indicate that students who
in arts programs are more conscientious about their school attendance
more focused on learning whatever they need to successfully achieve
Getting a child truly interested in what he or she is learning is a key to effective education.
Reading, writing, listening and speaking (the four components of
are endemic in the creation and performance of any dramatic work.
of course (whether transcribed by the teacher from student role playing,
or actually written and rewritten by the students themselves) is essential to
the creation of a script. Reading is a necessary activity both in
and ongoing script evaluation. The oral interpretation
(speaking) of a
play is an inherent part of the literary form, and listening -- for both
audience and actors -- is a vital part of the whole communication process.
In theatre, literacy becomes a functional as well as a stimulating activity.
CONFIDENCE AND GOOD SELF-ESTEEM
Active involvement in cooperative arts activities allows each student to
what he or she can do best, learn new skills, understand the purpose of
what is being accomplished, and assess his or her own progress and
Knowing that you have done a good job in contributing to the whole, makes you feel good about your self and provides an impetus for boldly meeting your next challenge.
"(The) National Arts Standards are a statement of what every young
should know and be able to do in four arts disciplines-dance, music,
theatre and the visual arts. Their scope is grades K-12, and they
both content and achievement."
"The benefits of Arts Education. Arts education benefits the student, because it cultivates the whole child, gradually building many kinds of literacy while developing intuition, reasoning, imagination, and dexterity into unique forms of expression and communication."
National Standards for Arts Education
Arts-in-Education is the best way to assure that all National, State and
City Arts Standards are fully met by all students.
CORE CURRICULUM STANDARDS
Core curriculum standards in every subject are rapidly becoming the
hallmark of American education. Educators across the country are
developing thematic, interdisciplinary curricula and discovering that
arts provide excellent integrating activities that help students make
connections between what they are learning in language arts, social
studies, math and science with their daily lives.
(Arts Standards provide) a firm foundation for connecting arts-related concepts and facts across the art forms, and from them to the sciences and the humanities. For example, the intellectual methods of the arts are precisely those used to transform scientific disciplines and discoveries into everyday technology."
National Standards for Arts Education
The complete integration of these seven principles -- the addressing of all
learning modalities, cooperative learning, student motivation, literacy,
confidence and good self-esteem, and the meeting of both Arts Standards
Core Curriculum Standards can provide transformational educational
by producing graduates who are literate and imaginative, competent and
creative -- young people who not only understand the world, but who can as
well make their own unique contributions to society and prosper thereby.
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